Celia is an art therapist that works with trouble kids in a small town in Oregon. She lives with her husband Jack overlooking a valley, far removed from the town centre. Celia spends more and more time alone because her husband is cheating on her, which causes her to bring home her work more often. When Davy, a new elective mute, is brought to her centre she works with him and reviews his art to see what his story is. She also meets Davy's pushy step-father Chet. As Davy learns to trust Celia, she learns more through his drawings and starts to suspect Chet of abuse. Chet can't allow this secret to get out though and has some nasty plans for Celia.
This wasn't the best written book and you knew what was going to happen. The scene where Chet finally decided to deal with Celia was very graphically written, which I suppose was the whole point of the book. That being said, I didn't feel like the story line was engaging enough and didn't feel any connection to Celia to really care if she lived or die. Nothing about this book was original, it just felt like a bad horror movie.
First Line: "Davy Boyce climbed on top of another gray stump and fired again."